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ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: The Evolving Landscape of Corporate Governance and ESG

Responsible investing has gone from niche to mainstream and the consideration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors is now an integral part of the investment process for many institutional investors. According to the Global Sustainable Investment Review (2018), the total amount of globally managed sustainable assets rose by more than 34 percent between 2016 and 2018, from $22.8 trillion to $30.6 trillion, and is expected to continue to grow at a double-digit rate. 

There has also been a convergence of ESG and Corporate Governance, as investors are demanding more from their portfolio companies' management teams on key issues such as gender diversity, climate change, and human rights. At the same time, investors are increasingly voting against management on traditional governance issues related to director elections and executive compensation. 

Download the webcast to learn more about the forces that have led to the evolution of responsible investing in the marketplace, key ESG and Corporate Governance trends and drivers, and how investors can manage portfolio risks and seize new investment opportunities.

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Mike Coronato

VP, Principal Content Manager – Activism & Governance

FactSet

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Kristina Rüter

Executive Director and Head of Methodology for ISS ESG Ratings

ISS ESG

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Yovanka Bylander

Head of ESG Client Success, Americas

ISS ESG

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Mike Coronato

VP, Principal Content Manager – Activism & Governance | FactSet

Mr. Michael Coronato is VP, Principal Content Manager at FactSet. In this role, he manages the company’s industry-leading activism and corporate governance content offerings. Since joining, he has led the research and collection of global activism campaigns, assisted in the expansion of the company's corporate governance data, and maintained the SharkWatch50 and Activism Defense League Tables. Most recently, Mr. Coronato developed FactSet's Activism Vulnerability product which uses machine learning artificial intelligence to highlight potential value-activism targets by analyzing relationships between key data, peer groups, and historical shareholder activist demands. Prior to FactSet, he spent over ten years at Morrow & Co. (now Morrow Sodali) where he advised on over 1,000 shareholder meetings and corporate transactions, and over 50 proxy fights and contested situations, representing both corporate management teams and activist shareholders. Mr. Coronato holds a degree from the University of Maryland College Park.

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Kristina Rüter

Executive Director and Head of Methodology for ISS ESG Ratings | ISS ESG

Kristina Rüter is Executive Director and Head of Methodology for ISS ESG Ratings with responsibility for ISS ESG’s performance rating methodology as well as the methodology development of all products and solutions based on the ISS ESG performance rating data. Previously, Kristina held the post of Head of Research of oekom research AG and, among other projects, led the development of the company’s Carbon Risk Rating, the SDG Solutions Assessment as well as the Green Bond Services.

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Yovanka Bylander

Head of ESG Client Success, Americas | ISS ESG

Yovanka Bylander is the Head of ESG Client Success, Americas. In that capacity, Yovanka heads a team of consultants who help investors successfully integrate ESG into their investment processes. Yovanka joined ISS in 2011 and has since served in various roles including Head of Asset Owner Strategy, Head of ISS ESG's Governance QualityScore product, and Head of ISS’ Securities Class Action Services business. Before joining ISS, Yovanka was Acting CEO of Hawkstone Capital LLC, a $200 million European long/short fund. Prior to Hawkstone, she was an award-winning equity analyst, covering Latin American and European bank stocks at Fox-Pitt, Kelton and Morgan Stanley. She started her career as a credit rating analyst at Thomson BankWatch (today part of Fitch Ratings). Outside of her work at ISS, Yovanka is also on the board of the Citizens Committee for New York City, help New Yorkers—especially those in low-income areas—come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

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